Indigenous farming perspectives, land ownership, agroecological farming and how to enact change were some of the key themes from the seven-day Oxford Real Farming Conference, which took place between 8-13 January.The alternative farming event, which this year went global and virtual for the first time, was attended by thousands of visitors from 75 countries, and was described as a “melting pot” of thinkers and change-makers.
This article from Jacobin argues that whilst The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation promised Africa a “Green Revolution” to fight hunger and poverty, in reality this hasn’t worked. Corporate agriculture’s profits have increased at the expense of local farmers who are being left empty-handed, and hunger is rising.
By Jan Urhahn, translated by Loren Balhorn.
Over the last five years, the number of people around the world suffering from hunger has been on the rise. Against this backdrop, a decades-old debate continues to rage, asking which agricultural approaches can provide everyone with sufficient healthy food.
One simplistic answer comes from governments in the Global North (and so, too, some in the Global South). They claim that international agribusiness could end global hunger if only it had the means to do so, boosting agricultural productivity through the use of pesticides, hybrid seeds, and other external inputs.
A plan to pipe hydrogen, instead of natural gas, to millions of UK households is being pushed hard by the fossil fuel industry. It sounds “green” – but could wreck efforts to make homes truly zero carbon, using insulation and electric heat pumps.
Oil and gas companies support switching the gas grid to hydrogen, as a survival option in case of decarbonisation, as hydrogen is usually fabricated from gas.
Red-Green Labour welcomes the Climate And Ecological Emergency Bill as a serious attempt to pass into law measures to limit global temperature rises due to greenhouse gas emissions to no more than 1.5 degrees and also to protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity.
Crucially the Bill puts forward the idea of a Citizens Assembly to drive forward the process of combatting climate change.
We urge all Labour and progressive MPs to support this important initiative.
The Bill and an executive summary can be found here: